Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E-Class AMG: VIN Decoder
Do you know the history of your Mercedes-Benz E-Class vehicle? Find out how to decode your vehicle's VIN here.
This article applies to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E-Class AMG (2002-2009).
A vehicle identification number or "VIN," as the code is commonly known among automotive professionals as well as buyers and sellers, is comprised of 17 numbers and letters. These 17 numbers and letters are divided into three groups: World Manufacturer Identifier, Vehicle Descriptor Section, and Vehicle Identifier Section. This article explains the significance of all 17 positions so you can decode your VIN number and learn the true history of your vehicle.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
A vehicle identification number (VIN) is a long serial number that details everything from where your vehicle was manufactured to what OEM parts and options it includes. The VIN is an important part of the car buying experience because it reveals whether a vehicle is reported to have been involved in a collision.
- The first 3 positions are the World Manufacturer Identifier. These letters and numbers reveal in what region of the world your E-Class was manufactured.
- Positions 4 through 8 reveal the vehicle model, engine type and body style.
- Position 9 is the VIN Check Digit and is used only to authenticate the validity of the VIN.
- Positions 10 through 17 are the Vehicle Descriptor Section. These letters and numbers reveal when your E-Class was produced and which options it comes with.
- Position 10 reveals the model year of your E-Class.
- Positions 11 through 17 reveals unique information about your vehicle, such as the name of the assembly plant where your vehicle was assembled. This is the Vehicle Identifier Section.
Because the VIN is stamped in several places on your Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG, it's very easy to locate.
For E-Class vehicles, check the following spots:
- The small plaque on the driver side dashboard near the base of the windshield.
- The sticker on the driver side door.
- The front of the engine block.
- The door jamb (where the side view mirror would be located if the driver side door were open).
Deciphering the information encoded on a VIN readout is easy because it reads like a report. Carefully review your vehicle's VIN sheet and go over any questions you might have about the vehicle's service history with your Mercedes-Benz dealer or the seller.
Figure 3. A VIN readout contains vital information about your vehicle's service history.
How important is it to decode my vehicle's VIN?
The VIN offers vital information about your vehicle's history, including where it was manufactured and what model of engine and transmission it came with.
Does the VIN reveal my vehicle's full history?
The VIN exists to track vital information about a vehicle, such as whether it was involved in an accident, fire or other damaging situation – all of which you should know.
Can a vehicle be given a second VIN?
No. Every vehicle is given just one VIN.